Monday, September 20, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stitch It using Studio Light's "Art By Marlene" Layered Tag Journal Kit

Happy Monday (is that possible?) and we are going strong with another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  This week's theme is Stitch It (real or faux).  You don't have to tell me twice to throw some paper onto the ol' sewing machine! 

I used a great little tag kit as the base of this booklet: Studio Light's "Art by Marlene" Layered Tag Journal Kit.  It comes with white pre-cut tags, binder rings, and four edge dies.  I started by cutting some of the tags in half, then using the edge dies on the bottoms of some of them.  The paper is thick and white and held up nicely to water and paint.  I hit these with Infusions, then spritzed that with water, then added paint.

The beauty about Infusions color powder/stain is that when you smear white paint over it, the color still shows through in softer pastel tones, which is what I did here.

Do you have certain stamps or stencils that you use when you feel unsure about where to go next with a project?  Yep!  That is me and I always reach for Tim Holtz's Halftone and Rings stamp set to get the creative juices flowing.  I stamped circles onto my pages, then filled them in with different colors of paint.

I wanted to get stitchy at this point, so I thumbed through Dina Wakley's Collage Collective book and tore out some of her artsy scraps.  I also stamped some text paper using Tim Holtz's Documented stamp set and tore that up as well.  I then sewed the scraps to the pages.

I added more paint and scrappy elements, including Tim Holtz's Fabric Tape, and punched a hole in each card using the mighty Crop-A-Dile.  I added a ring to bind them together.  The quote on the front is from Tim Holtz's Theories stamp set and I've always liked it.

I sewed a little cluster of fabric together and added it to the binder ring for a little more stitchy oomph.

Here are some pics of how the inside pages turned out:

Here are the supplies I used for this project that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see your stitchiness this week, so upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  Also, don't forget to check out the Stamptember happenings!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stencil Fun using StencilGirl's Towers of Arches

Hello, hello and happy mid-September!  I love every step that gets us closer to wearing big bad boots (nothing like a tall chunky heel to make one feel powerful) and drinking apple cider (though I confess I do that all year long).  It's also A+++ to be cozily crafting inside when the weather starts to cool.  It's still in the mid-90's in my neck of the woods, but Fall will come one of these days!  In the meantime, I loved this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme of Stencil Fun.

I started with two Kraft tags that I slathered with white acrylic paint, which I then let dry.

Next up was some acrylic paint in various colors smeared here and there.  I made the dots by putting paint on the tip of a pencil eraser and stamping it down onto my tags.

While that dried, I made another painty collaged page and traced the outline of some buildings onto it using StencilGirl's Towers of Arches stencil set.  I cut out the buildings, added some black and white polka dot patterned paper scraps and stamped some text into the doorway arches.  I glued the buildings to my tags and embellished one with a dog and the other with the word "Beautiful," which came from a roll of washi tape.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

If you have some stencils you want to dust off, DO let us see your geniusness!  Upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.  That money could come in pretty handy as we're in the throes of wonderful Stamptember!!!  Yayyyy!